- Munich Film Festival - WINNER Special Mention One Future Award, Best Music
- Moscow Int. Film Festival
- 5 Seen Film Festival
- Jameson CineFest Miskolc - CICAE Award of the Confederation of Art Cinema
- Prague German Film Festival
- Ahrenshooper Filmnächte
- Film Festival Aichach
- SCHLINGEL – International Film Festival for Children and Young -
WINNER Special Mention from the European Children's Films Association
- FilmFest Osnabrück
- KINOdissea Film Festival in Bukarest -
WINNER New Discovery Award, Best Youth Film
- Biberacher Filmfestspiele
- Internationales Filmfest Braunschweig
- Black Nichts Tallinn
- Torino International Film Festival
- Goa International Film Festival
- CineQuest Film Festival San Jose
- Göteborg International Film Festival
- Cleveland International Film Festival
- 30th Finále Plzen/Pilsen
- South East European Film Festival Los Angeles -
WINNER Best First Feature, Audience Award, Best Ensemble Cast, Best Cinematography
- Tiburon International Film Festival -
WINNER Federico Fellini Award
- Lola @ Berlinale
- Grenzfilmtage Selb
- Argentina FICiP – Festival Internacional de Cine Político 
- Window to Europe Czech Center New York
- Transilvania Iinternational Film Festival Sibiu 


2010-2011 APELE TAC / SILENT RIVER (Germany/Romania) 35mm, Cinemascope, 30min, fiction
 Selections and Awards: 

Outstanding International Student Film Award, International Student Festival Beijing China

Grand Prix 2012, Québec Short Film Festival (Canada)
Prix du Jury 2012, Festival International du Cinéma Méditerranéen de Tétouan, Marocco 

Grand Prix 2012, Lille European Short Film Festival (France)
Grand Prix 2011, Brest European Short Film Festival (France)

Best Fiction, Grand Off - World Independent Film Awards (Poland)
Grand Prix, International Student Filmfestival Sehsüchte, Potsdam (Germany)

Best International Short Film, Thai Short Film and Video Festival, (Bangkok/Thailand)
Audience Award for Best International Short Film, Corona Cork, Film Festival (Ireland)
Best Short Film Vukovar Film Festival (Croatia)
Best Live Action Short Film, Warsaw Film Festival
Best Short Film, Best Cinematography, Best Script La Noche de los Cortos (Lima / Peru)
Grand Prix, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Film Editing, Best Sound, FICBueu Festival Internacional de Bueu (Spain)
Audience Award and Prize RTP2 Onda Curta, Curtas Vila do Conde (Portugal)
Best Film MOVIE – International, SEDICICORTO International Film Festival (Forli / Italy) 

Audience Award, K3 International Short Film Festival Villach/Udine
SILVER BUSHO, BuSho Budapest Short Film Festival (Hungary)
Best short of parallel competition "Other lands", Open Cinema Film Festival St. Petersburg (Russia)
Best European Short 2011 Festival Europeu De Curtmetrages Cambrils-Reus, (Spain)
Onda Curta Award, Curtocircuito Shortfilm Festival, Santiago de
 Compostela (Spain)
Best Romanian Short 2011, Audience Award NexT Filmfestival Bucuresti, (Romania)
Best Film, Best Male Actor Award, Ploiesti International Short Film Festival (Romania)
FFF-Förderpreis at the Regensburger Kurzfilmwoche, (Germany)
Short-Plus-Award, Fünf Seen Film Festival, (Germany)
Nomination for the European Film Academy Award for Best Short at the Tampere Film Festival (Finland)

Nomination Studio Hamburg Nachwuchspreis 2011, (Germany)
Nomination First Steps Award 2011, (Germany) 


Directed by Anca M. Lăzărescu

​​​A road trip with the 1968 ‘Prague Spring’ as the backdrop. Two German brothers and their father set on a journey from Romania, to German Democratic Republic, to undergo surgery. Caught in the middle of the turbulent events, they accidentally end up in West Germany, where difficult choices and sacrifices await them.

Mihai Reinholtz is the oldest brother of a German family living in communist Romania in1968. Mihai keeps the family together between his aging Dad and his rebellious teenage brother Emil, who, inspired by the wind of Prague’s Spring, composes politically incorrect songs on his guitar. In order to restore their Dad’s failing sight, Mihai plans a trip to East Germany to undergo secret surgery. The trip comes at a high price: he has to collaborate with the Securitate to get the travel permits. On the road, while crossing to Czechoslovakia, Russian tanks enter the country and the borders close. Trapped, the family is taken to a camp detaining foreign travelers. There, Mihai meets and falls in love with Ulli an attractive self-confident student from West Germany. With the help of Ulli, who sets up the surgery in West Germany, they travel to Munich. The freedom they experience will have them face difficult choices for the rest of their lives.

Period Drama | Germany, Romania, Hungary, Sweden | 2016 | 111 minutes | Color | ​Shot in 4K

In German, Romanian with English subtitles / German subtitles available

Cast: Alex Mărgineanu, Răzvan Enciu, Ovidiu Schumacher, Susanne Bormann, Manuel Klein, Doru Ana, Marcela Nistor 

Produced by Filmallee, Strada Film, Mirage Film Studio, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Chimney, BER Film

Producers: David Lindner Leporda, Verona Maier

Co-Producers: Cătălin Mitulescu, Andrea Taschler, Daniel Mitulescu, Nándor Lovas, Fredrik Zander, Jessica Ask 

Writer /Director: Anca M. Lăzărescu

Cinematographer : Christian Stangassinger
Music: Ferenc Darvas

Films2C ©

2008-2009  ONE DAY TODAY WILL BE ONCE (Germany)35 mm, 28min, doc, Arte
     Best short documentary, Syracuse Film Festival, New York 

2003-2007  THE SECRET OF DEVA (Romania)
DV Cam, 58min, doc, Arte
     Best Emerging German Film 2007, Potsdam, Germany

     Grand Prix of the Jury, Cronograf Moldawia 2008
     Audience Award 2008, Trieste, Italy
     Special Mention, Planete Doc Review Warschau 2008

2005  SALMA BENEATH TWO SKIES (Germany and Israel) DV Cam, 30min, doc, 3Sat/ZDF

2004  BUCURESTI-BERLIN (Germany/Romania) DV Cam with P+S 35 mm adaptor, 24min, fiction

2002-2007  COMMERCIALS: for Red Bull, German Society for Research on Cancer cinema and TV 

Anca M. Lăzărescu  (Director)

Born in Timisoara, Romania, Anca Lazarescu emigrated with her family to Germany in 1990. She studied at the “German Academy for Film and Television” in Munich and directed several documentary and short films which attracted international interest. 

​Her graduation film, the Filmallee production SILENT RIVER (APELE TAC) had its premiere in the international competition of the Berlinale Shorts 2011, and was invited to over 300 international festivals since then, winning more then 80 awards such as: Grand Prix at the film festivals in Brest, Lille, Bruxelles and Québec or the Audience Award at the Corona Cork Film Festival in Ireland. The film was also nominated for Best European Short 2011 by the European Film Academy. The Romanian Film Academy awarded Anca M. Lazarescu as „Upcoming Talent“ and her film as „Best Romanian Short“ in March 2012.

The documentary film ONE DAY TODAY WILL BE ONCE won at the Syracuse Film Festival and was invited to different international festivals, including Rotterdam, Oberhausen, Nyon and Warsaw.

Anca Lazarescu attended numerous seminars on creative writing and script development hold by Mark Travis, Keith Cunningham and Hans-Christian Schmid. Anca also spent time abroad, volunteering in an Israeli Kibbutz and completing a traineeship at CNN and on Disneyʼs TV comedy series “Scrubs” in Los Angeles.

Her affection for subjects such as the East-West conflict, and themes such as immigration and the outsider in a community are influenced by her own background, having been born and raised in a country with plenty of identity issues, if not an inferiority complex. 

Anca Miruna Lazarescu is member of the Romanian and European Film Academy.